Five Marys Ranch Raised Thanksgiving Menu

Mary Heffernan and her daughters on Five Marys Farms

Thanksgiving may look a little different this year! Even if you’re getting together with fewer folks than usual, this holiday still deserves a special meal. Whether you’re cooking the “traditional” meal or feel like mixing things up, Sasquatch Books has you covered with delicious Thanksgiving menus from our bestselling cookbooks and authors. We will share a menu each week leading up to the holiday. Next on our list is from our newly-published Five Marys Ranch Raised Cookbook: Homegrown Recipes from Our Family to Yours by Mary Heffernan.

On her wildly popular Instagram account, Mary Heffernan shares her life with husband Brian and their four daughters (all named Mary!) on their Northern California ranch Five Mary Farms. Their work ethic is as strong as their commitment to family, and Mary believes in nourishing meals shared together—especially during the holidays!

Five Marys Ranch Raised Thanksgiving Menu

Appetizer of Caramelized Onion Dip with Garden Vegetables

This recipe is a beautiful spread with just the right savory kick that makes the perfect start to your Ranch Raised Thanksgiving meal. Bonus: it’s a hit with kids!

Main Dish of Braised Short Ribs with Citrus Gremolata over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

This dish feels decadent and special but couldn’t be easier to make. The refreshing bite of citrus gremolata—a mix of fresh herbs, garlic, and citrus zest—adds a pop of flavor that perfectly compliments the richness of the meat and the creamy, buttery polenta. Bonus: you won’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to wow your Thanksgiving guests!

Side Dish of Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette

Crispy-brown Brussels sprouts and tangy-sweet citrus dressing is the perfect light side to pair with the richness of the braised short ribs. This salad is so good, even Brussels sprouts haters will love it! Bonus: this recipe doesn’t take up any space in the already overcrowded oven.

Dessert of Jannie’s Toasted Pecan-Apple Crisp

While we know that there can never be “too much pie” at Thanksgiving dinner, this recipe is so good that we recommend mixing things up with this Pecan-Apple crisp. Bonus: kids can help with this recipe!

Five Marys Ranch Raised Cookbook is available wherever books are sold!
Interior photographs by Charity Burggraaf